April 22, 2021, 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Join Innisfree landscape curator Kate Kerin for a discussion with photographer Larry Lederman and horticulturist and garden writer Tom Christopher about the gardens featured in their swoon-worthy book, Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty (Monacelli Press, October 2020). This afternoon will offer much needed armchair travel through glorious gardens with expert guides. It will also be an opportunity to examine how gardens are more than their design or their plant collections, they are experiences.
Much more purposefully than most, Innisfree was created as an experience for people in nature and art facilitated by design. Innisfree’s landscape architect Lester Collins famously told his students at Harvard that it is easy to design landscapes that look great from an airplane, but asked them instead to focus on how it feels to be in their landscapes. Scholar and critic John Dixon Hunt wrote about this post-design experience of place in his book, The Afterlife of Gardens (2004). Hunt suggested that gardens are experienced, often by a succession of visitors at different times and often from different cultures. Although shaped by the design, this experience, this “afterlife” of gardens is how they truly exist and are understood by their users. These human experiences in gardens are what photographer Larry Lederman and horticulturist and writer Tom Christopher evoke in their Garden Portraits, creating what Gregory Long, NYBG President Emeritus, describes in his forward as “tone poems.”
Purchase “Garden Portraits: Experiences of Natural Beauty” here. Use the discount code LEDERMAN30 at checkout and receive 30% off!
Also available: Toby Musgrave’s The Garden: Elements & Styles (featuring Innisfree). Get 20% off with the code GARDEN20 at checkout on here.
About the Speakers
Larry Lederman is a renowned photographer of gardens and architecture. His books include Frederic Church’s Olana on the Hudson (2018), Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy (2017), Historic Houses of the Hudson Valley (2014), and Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden (2012). In addition to photography, he had parallel careers in corporate law and academia. larrylederman.smugmug.com
Tom Christopher is a horticulturist and one of the best garden writers of our time. His first book was In Search of Lost Roses (1989) and he has written fourteen books since, including Garden Revolution (2016) with Larry Weaner which was named the best garden book of the year by the American Horticultural Society, and Nature into Art (2019) about Wave Hill. His work is increasingly focused on what he calls “environmentally informed gardening.” Tom hosts Growing Greener, a weekly podcast and writes Be a Better Gardener, his syndicated weekly newspaper column. www.thomaschristophergardens.com
This lecture will be given via Zoom.